Zach Bryan Releases Statement On Oklahoma Arrest: “Emotions Got The Best Of Me”

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That didn’t take long.

News broke late this evening that country music superstar Zach Bryan had been arrested in Oklahoma.

According to the Craig County Sheriff’s Office online records, Zach was arrested this afternoon in Vinita, Oklahoma at 6:42PM, and was booked on an “obstruction of investigation” charge.

He was released on bond shortly after his arrest.

You can view his mugshot, shared publicly by the Sheriff’s Office:

I mean, that’s gotta be the next album cover, right? Magnificent…

While we still don’t know the details of what led to the arrest, Zach took to Twitter to issue a statement on the incident:

“Today I had an incident with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Emotions got the best of me and I was out of line in the things I said.

I support law enforcement as much as anyone can, I was just frustrated in the moment, it was unlike me and I apologize.

They brought me to jail, and there is a mug shot of me floating around. Prayers we can all move on from this and prayers people know I’m just trying the best I can, I love you guys and I am truly sorry to the officers.”

Sounds like he got mouthy with a cop who wasn’t afraid to slap the cuffs on, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happened during the incident,.

Either way, Zach was quick to take responsibility.

All 16 Songs From Self-Titled Album Simultaneously Debuted In The Top 50

It’s been a big week for Zach as he’s, quite literally, taking over the charts.

He had a monster debut week with his self-titled album, as his duet with Kacey Musgraves “I Remember Everything” debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a first for both of them.

In addition, every single song on Zach Bryan also debuted within the Top 50 of the all-genre chart, also marking the first time that 20 country songs have placed in Hot 100’s top 40 (Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen and Oliver Anthony also have singles within the Top 20):

Behind the duet comes another feature in “Hey Driver” featuring The War & Treaty at #14, and a few spots after that is “Spotless” featuring The Lumineers at #17, with “East Side of Sorrow” taking #18 and
“Tourniquet” coming in at #20.

This puts five of his singles within the Top 20, making Zach just the second country act to land at least five songs in the Hot 100’s top 20 simultaneously, after Morgan Wallen, who has placed five in the top 20 twice previously.

25 country songs in total rank in the top 50, matching the record initially established when Wallen releaesed One Thing at a Time earlier this year.

Once again second to only Morgan Wallen, Zach is just the second country act to chart at least 13 Hot 100 hits in the top 40 in a single week, which also happened when One Thing at a Time debuted.

According to Billboard, with 18 total songs on the Hot 100, Zach becomes the second country act to log that many songs on the chart in a single frame, after (you guessed it) Morgan Wallen, who holds the record among all acts at 36, which again happened when One Thing at a Time was released in March.

In terms of hit singles, “I Remember Everything” marks the the fourth country song of 2023 to reach the top spot as the #1 song in all of music, dethroning Oliver Anthony’s “Rich Men North of Richmond,” which spent 2 weeks at #1, and now falls to #6.

Billboard also says:

“The only year, dating to the Hot 100’s 1958 inception, with more country No. 1s was 1975, when five topped the chart: B.J. Thomas’ ‘(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song’; Freddy Fender’s ‘Before the Next Teardrop Falls’; John Denver’s ‘Thank God I’m a Country Boy’; Glen Campbell’s ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’; and Denver’s ‘I’m Sorry.'”


Here is the full rundown of where each single debuted:

No. 1, “I Remember Everything,” feat. Kacey Musgraves
No. 14, “Hey Driver,” feat. The War and Treaty
No. 17, “Spotless,” feat. The Lumineers
No. 18, “East Side of Sorrow”
No. 20, “Tourniquet”
No. 22, “Overtime”
No. 23, “Summertime’s Close”
No. 24, “Fear and Friday’s”
No. 29, “Ticking”
No. 31, “El Dorado”
No. 37, “Holy Roller,” feat. Sierra Ferrell
No. 38, “Smaller Acts”
No. 39, “Fear and Friday’s (Poem)”
No. 41, “Jake’s Piano – Long Island”
No. 44, “Tradesman”
No. 47, “Oklahoman Son”
No. 76, “Dawns,” feat. Maggie Rogers (holds in place; peaked at No. 42 in February)
No. 88, “Oklahoma Smoke Show” (down from its No. 81 peak)

I said it when the album first came out and I think it’s pretty apparent here judging by the numbers, the features on this record really are the standouts, and Zach Bryan is a bonafide superstar well beyond country music.

The fully self-produced project was entirely representative of Zach and who he is, and the world was certainly ready and eager to listen.

Just Earned His First #1 Album

Not only did each of the individual songs debut on the charts in their first week, but the album itself also debuted at the top spot on the Billboard Top 200 list this week, a first for the Oklahoma native that makes it all the more impressive it debuted that high.

It’s safe to say already, the album is doing very well and he’s moving a helluva lot of units (they calculate the first week of sales for a debut chart position), besting his 2022 album American Heartbreak which debuted at #5 on this chart. Hopefully, we’ll get more specific data and numbers at some point this week.

Zach shared the news in a post on Twitter, thanking fans and saying:

“I love you guys and I appreciate you. This has been an unbelievable year.”

And not only that, but “I Remember Everything,” a duet from the tracklist featuring Kacey Musgraves, is also expected to debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles all-genre chart Tuesday (due to the Labor Day holiday), which would mark the first #1 hit (outside of country radio, that is) for both artists.

Pretty damn cool these two are about to have the number one song in the country in a couple days:

In addition, all 16 songs on the tracklist of Zach Bryan are expected to debut on the Hot 100 songs chart, with “Hey Driver (feat. The War & Treaty)” projected to debut as the second-highest charting single behind “I Remember Everything.”

It’s pretty damn incredible (to say the least) the streaming numbers he’s already put up with this record, and I have a feeling based on these early numbers and sales that this album is just getting started in terms of the reach and success that’s coming.

Turn it up…

It’s crazy to think this is just the beginning, too… I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who has had these three songs on repeat for the last week and a half.

“I Remember Everything”

“Hey Driver”


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